Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Port au Prince, Haiti

Security Alert:  U.S. Embassy Port au Prince, Haiti (February 24, 2022)

Location:  Haiti

Event: This year, the annual celebration known as “Carnival” begins on Sunday, February 27 and concludes on Tuesday, March 1. The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Tuesday, March 1 and Wednesday, March 2, 2022.

Haiti has the highest (Level 4) Travel Advisory (“Do Not Travel”) for kidnapping, crime, civil unrest, and COVID-19.  The travel advisory for Haiti, available at, notes that kidnapping is widespread and victims regularly include U.S. citizens.

The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens who travel to Haiti despite this warning to register their trip with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program .  STEP is a free service that allows U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate so that we can provide important security and other information to the U.S. citizen community in Haiti.

Actions to Take:

Use extreme caution while traveling in the country.

Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people.

If you encounter a roadblock, turn around and get to a safe area.

Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.